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In 2012, PHRA President Steve Korbel envisioned a scholarship program that would subsidize the cost of the HRCI certification preparation course offered by the PHRA each spring and fall.  Additionally, the scholarship program will provide the successful applicant or applicants the opportunity to grow professionally to advance both the applicant’s career and the human resources profession.  Accordingly, the PHRA launched the PHRA Scholarship Fund in 2013 to support our membership’s pursuit of professional certification. The program was expanded in 2015 to include the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP prep course. The details of the program are as follows:

Who is Eligible?
PHRA members may apply for this award. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants are eligible to re-apply. Employees or board members of PHRA or members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for awards or scholarships.

To be considered for this scholarship:
You must have a current PHRA membership. Student members are not eligible for this program. You must be preparing to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. 

How to Apply?
The application includes contact information and a series of short answer questions about your volunteer experience and your career aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a current resume that includes your volunteer experience, and one letter of reference. Reference letters should be addressed to the “PHRA Scholarship Review Committee” and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship.
PHRA Scholarship Review Committee
One Gateway Center
Suite 1852
420 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Selection Criteria:
Scholarship recipients will be selected on the strength of their work experience and their commitment to a career in human resources. Scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by the PHRA Executive Committee based on the following criteria. All decisions are final.

• 40% Work experience/progression (HR involvement & future career plans)
• 40% Volunteer activity (PHRA experience preferred, but not required)
• 20% Financial need

Applications must be completed and submitted by Monday, January 9, 2017 for the 2017 Spring Prep Class.


Learn more about the PHRA Certification Preparation options here.



Award Recipients

Samara Soriano, Spring 2013

Judith Lynn Griffin, Fall 2013

Shannon Austin, Fall 2014

Charles Allen, Fall 2015

Kate Barrett, Fall 2016

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